Group Therapy

Therapy Support Group for Adult Children of Narcissistic Parents

Being a parent is usually about giving all of yourself to foster your child’s growth and development well into adulthood. But what happens when this isn’t the case? Some parents dismiss the needs of their children, asserting their own instead, demanding attention and reassurance from their young child(ren). This may especially be the case when a parent has narcissistic tendencies or even a narcissistic personality. The effects of having highly or acutely narcissistic parents can be an incredibly crazy making and manipulative experience, and it can have long lasting and profound affects on the child well into adulthood. It can result in developing co-dependent tendencies, self-sabotaging behaviors, perfectionist and people pleasing tendencies, decision making anxiety, substance abuse, anger, shame, and difficulty fostering healthy and meaningful relationships later in life just to name a few.

This therapy group is specifically being offered to adults who grew up with one or more narcissistic parents. It is an opportunity to discover some of the different ways your narcissistic parent affected you in the formative years and how those effects may still be manifesting in the present. It is also an opportunity to learn about how to manage these lingering affects and what you can do to live the life you want rather than the life you feel like you should be living. Most importantly, however, it is a chance to grow and be supported by others who are going through similar challenges in a therapeutic space. Below are some of the specifics:

  • When: TBD
  • Where: 2433 Carleton St., Berkeley CA 94704
  • Size: 4-8 people
  • Who‘s allowed to join the group: Any adult (19 years old+) who identifies as having a narcissistic parent. It is encouraged that each member also be in some form of their own therapy, but this is not required.
  • What will be covered:
    • A number of topics and issues will be discussed such as:
      • what is narcissism?
      • how to set boundaries
      • overcoming guilt
      • healthy outlets for self-care
      • how your narcissistic parent(s) has affected your sibling relationships
      • how to care for your narcissistic parent(s) during the end of life process
      • how to live your life, not theirs
      • coping strategies
      • reasonable expectation and role setting for yourself, your parent(s), and the dynamic
  • Structure: There will be required readings, film viewings, and group discussions as well as time for more individualized attention around any struggles that may be going on for you now whether or not it pertains directly to issues addressed in the group. The goal is to have a balance between having time to feel heard with what’s going on for you now while also following a semi-structured curriculum to learn about how to better support yourself in your growth.
  • Duration: There is a required 12 week commitment. The group may continue after that 12 week period if there are enough people interested.
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